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Apex Magazine Issue 71, April 2015
Edited by Jason Sizemore & Sigrid Ellis
Cover Artist: Adrian Borda
Review by Sam Tomaino
Apex Magazine eZine  ISBN/ITEM#: 21571406201504
Date: 27 April 2015

Links: Apex Magazine / Pub Info / Table of Contents /

Number 71 of Apex Magazine has new stories by Sean Robinson, AC Wise, Octavia Cade, Naomi Kritzer, and Lia Swope Mitchell, a reprint story by Yzabel Ginsberg, poems by Isabel Yap and Keith S. Wilson, and other features.

Here we have the 71st issue of Apex Magazine, with five new stories, one reprinted story, as well as other features.

The new fiction begins with "Beatification of the Second Fall" by Sean Robinson -+- Learner's mother has an angel tied up in their attic. She had found him after getting rid of her abusive husband. Now she abuses the angel to sell parts of him to people for healing purposes. We follow Learner from childhood the adulthood when things come to a climactic end. Interesting.

"Silver Buttons All Down His Back" by AC Wise -+- Devon was in an accident when he was a boy and was partially paralyzed. An experimental process gave him a metal spine and a structure down his legs that allows him to walk. As a boy he secretly watched the track team run. Now he watches astronauts run. One of them, Gary, sees him and starts a relationship with him. He learns something of Gary's insecurities, but can he help? Well written.

"Crow" by Octavia Cade -+- Strange story of women who fish the seas, directed by mechanical Crows so as not to overburden the ecosystem. Lydia, recently a mother, uses her breast milk to give back to the sea. Another very different tale.

"Wind" by Naomi Kritzer -+- Gytha amd Dagmar are two girls "closer than sisters" who play at being something else. Gytha plays at being an artist, Dagmar a physician, They cannot have magic powers because their elements are in balance. They exchange elements. Gytha gives Dagmar her Earth element and Gytha receives all Dagmar's Air. Gytha becomes a great artist. Dagmar becomes a healer but cannot leave her home. Much is made here about how the elements we have affect us. When a woman is brought to Dagmar to be healed, things change. Very imaginative story.

"Slow" by Lia Swope Mitchell -+- Jenny Esti is sculpting a statue of Orpheus. But the block is self-aware, acquiring sense when Jen sculpts the appropriate organ. She calls the statue and there is some connection between them. We find out what it is for a very chilling end. Great story.

The issue also contains a reprinted story: "The Thing of Darkness" by Yzabel Ginsberg (Originally published in Library of Dreams by PSG Publishing, 2013).

Apex Magazine works in a unique way. If you are a subscriber, you get your issue when it's published. Otherwise, you wait a month. They are worth supporting, so check them out at their website (link at the top of this review).

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